An abusive person is jealous, often without reason; controlling — of money, his/her partner's social life — and prone to angry outbursts over seemingly trivial things.
He/She may make threats of violence, or actually act on them, though others outside the relationship might describe him/her as charismatic, charming even.
Oh, and he/she is cruel to animals.
The well-established links between animal abuse and domestic violence — that a person's mistreatment of animals can be a red flag or risk factor for their abuse of intimate partners, and a form of family violence itself — are increasingly being recognised in legislation, mainstream media and popular culture.
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